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To illustrate our broad expertise, covering many different economic sectors, commodities, sustainability themes and countries, this page gives an overview of the different projects executed by Profundo over the years. In the menu, you can filter the projects by thematic area. Each project is described briefly and where available the project portfolio - such as reports, brochures or presentations - is provided. Attention is also given to the exposure generated by the project in the media, in politics and elsewhere.

 

We analyse the financial parameters of companies and assess how companies and their financiers could be affected in different scenarios by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks related to deforestation, climate change emissions, human rights abuses, resource depletion, health impacts and other sustainability issues.
We analyse the various human rights and other sustainability risks in international commodity supply chains and identify what different stakeholders can do to foster sustainable development of value chains in agriculture, forestry, livestock, energy, fisheries and mineral sectors.
We analyse how companies are financed by banks, shareholders and others financiers, to assess what financiers could do to foster sustainable corporate practices. Also, we dig into ownership structures and the schemes companies have set up to minimise tax payments.
We assess and benchmark responsible investment and credit policies of banks and investors and we advise on how policies can be improved and implemented through screening, voting, engagement and exclusion strategies.

August 2023

August 30, 2023
Dutch pension funds and insurers financing high-risk arms trade
The study shows that large Dutch investors continue invest in arms producers that supply weapons to states where there is a high risk of the weapons being used in violation of humanitarian norms. Dutch Pension funds and insurance companies’ investments, including Allianz, Aegon Life, Pensioenfonds ABP, and Pensioenfonds Zorg & Welzijn (PFZW), surpassed 5.7 billion in total. The financial research was carried out by Profundo. Profundo analysed the portfolios of the pension funds and investments in the selected fifteen companies. Twelve financial institutions have no investments in these companies, most of them because of concern for the risk of human rights violations. Four investors are engaging the company they invest in with the aim to change the company’s behaviour around the sale of military goods. Some of high-risk countries are involved in serious violations of human rights and/or international humanitarian law. The conduct of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen, for example, shows the possible consequences of arms sales to states that pay little attention to human rights and human dignity. Over the past few years, both states have been involved in the bombing of hospitals, schools and residential areas in Yemen. Recent estimates say the war in Yemen has cost 377,000 lives.
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